Since 2012, I have been organizing The Supper Club, which began as a photography project and series of three conversations over dinner amongst artists of color about visual culture and race. The first three suppers included 50 artists, each of whom I have photographed as part of a series of portraits that uniquely depict each individual. Participants include LaToya Ruby Frazier, Coco Fusco, Dread Scott, and Derrick Adams. The dinners were recorded and transcribed.
I’ve organized over 30 dinners. The conversations initially addressed issues of agency, the role of
artists and audience. However, with the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in 2014, this shifted
the conversations to address how people relate to each other amidst critical events. I also around that
time I began to cook and invite hosts to assist in creating the guest list, provide the prompts for
discussion and guide the conversation. We have had conversations that link race with subjects like
Baltimore (a tribute to Freddy Gray); Transnational Black Identity; Racial Subjugation in Latin America;
Sanctuary, the Orlando tragedy; and most recently gentrification and the role of the arts. A book on The
Supper Club, produced by The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, will be published by Hirmer, Spring 2019, and will be distributed in US and Europe.
Portraits will include: Abigail DeVille, Alejandro Guzman, Alex Rivera, Angel Otero, Arnaldo Morales, Brendan Fernandes, Carlos de Leon Sandoval, Chitra Ganesh, Clifford Owens, Coco Fusco, Dahlia Elsayed, David Antonio Cruz, Dawit Petros, Derrick Adams, Dread Scott, Firelei Baez, Hank Willis Thomas, Heather Hart, Ivan Monforte, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jaishri Abichandani, Janelle and Lisa Iglesias, Jaret Vadera, Jayson Keeling, Jeffrey Gibson, Juana Valdes, Kalup Linzy, Karina Skvirsky, Kenya Robinson, LaTasha Nevada Diggs, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Legacy Russell, Lina Puerta, Lorraine O'Grady, Marin Hassinger, Michael Paul Britto, Mickalene Thomas, Miguel Luciano, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Nicole Awai, niv Acosta, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Rachelle Mozman, Rafael Sanchez, Rajkamal Kahlon,Rashawn Griffin, Rico Gaston, Sanford Biggers, Saya Woolfalk, Scherezade and Iliana Garcia, Shaun Leonardo, Shinique Smith, Simone Leigh, Steffani Jemison, Wangechi Mutu, Wanda Ortiz, and Zachary Fabri
Guest have included: Aaron Phillip, Adrian Loving, Adrienne Childs, Alex Segade, Alexandria Smith, Alexis Duque, Amanda Stafford, Andre Singleton, Andrew Russeth, Antwan Sargent, Arlene Davila, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Beth Wilde Biasiny, Bora Yoon, Brandi Thompson, Caitlin Marz, Cameron Welsh, Carlos Melgoza, Carmelita Tropicana, Carmen Ramos, Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Cheto Castellano, Christopher Lew, Chris Udemezue, Cordula Maria Rien Kuntari, David Driskell, Deborah Jack, Donald Rubin, Dulcina Abreu, Earl Stafford, Eduardo Ayala Fuentes, Edwin Ramoran, Elisabeth Smolarz, Ellington Robinson, Emily Sufrin, Esperanza Mayorbe, Eva Diaz, Fabiana Lopes, Geandy Pavon, George Bolster, Hai Zhang, Henry Thaggert, Holly Bass, Hong Gyu Shin, Hosan Lee, Jackqueline Tarry, Jarvis Dubois, Jeanine Tang, Jennifer Cendana Armas, Jessica Stafford Davis, Joanne Flores, John Arthur Peetz, Josh Franco, Juan Sanchez, Juan Thompson, Judy Brodsky, Julie Chae, Kibra Yohannes, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Laurie Prendergast, Lavanya Ramanathan, Leeroy Kunyung Kang, Leslie Sardinias, Lisa Gold, Lisette Oliveras, Lynn Pomo, MahlOt Sansosa*, Maia Cruz Palileo, Mailyn Machado, Malik Gaines, Margerie Silverman, Maria Jose, Maris Curran, Marlon Feliz, Marta Perez Garcia, Martita Abril, Michael Royce, Nicky Enright, Nicole Caruth, Nora Cole, Omar Lopez-Chaoud, Osdany Morales, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Peuo Tuy, Rehan Ansari, Robert Penn, Rocio Aranda, Rosamond S. King, Sadia Shirazi*, Sara Reisman, Saul Ostrow, Seph Rodney, Sheldon Scott, Shelley Rubin, Stefanie Rodriguez, Stephen Winters, Sur Rodney Sur, Susane Lee, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Tara Hart, Tashima Thomas, Terry Boddie, Tony Whitfield, Tuliza Fleming, Tygaphaw, Uri McMillan, William Villalongo, Yasmin Ramirez, Zira Saro Wawa, Zoe Charlton, Shellyne Rodriguez, Chloe Bass, Sable Elyse Smith, Lucia Hierro, Joiri Minaya, Jasmin Wahi, Deborah Jack, Ela Troyano, Sol Aramendi